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Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday. Dan Gleiter

A 2008 Department of Energy study reported that daylight saving time reduces annual energy use by about 0.03%.

Initially, in Germany, the concept behind Daylight Saving Time was meant to help conserve energy.

Launched during World War I as an attempt to save energy, DST has outlived its usefulness, so I have drafted legislation to permanently place Pennsylvania on Eastern Standard Time. And a study that same year from the University of California-Santa Barbara found it might even increase energy consumption.

It's possible more states will join Hawaii and Arizona in opting out of the Uniform Time Act.

"If you want to cut off 25 per cent of the productiveness of the American farmer, just keep this law on the books", Prerau quotes one agricultural lobby as arguing during an effort to repeal daylight saving time in 1919.

Generally, it's probably best to ask a local for the time when visiting in Arizona.

While not every state in the USA observes Daylight Saving Time-Arizona and Hawaii take a pass-the rest of us will spring forward this weekend.

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While the benefits of Daylight Saving Time are questionable, the negative impacts have begun to receive more attention in recent years.

Sen. Edward J. Markey took a moment Friday to remind people of his role in extending daylight saving time, which starts weeks earlier than it used to. Two things are required before Californians can do away with daylight saving time altogether: a bill to pass the state Legislature and to obtain federal authorization through a majority vote in Congress, according to Annie Pham, a member of Chu's staff.

In Pennsylvania, Representative Russ Diamond (R) of Lebanon County is leading the charge against Daylight Saving Time. And the results show just how sensitive our bodies are to the whims of changing schedules: In the fall, the shift is a blessing, and in the spring, it's a fatal curse.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is thinking even bigger.

That morning, most phones and computers will automatically jump an hour forward, and we'll lose an hour of sleep.

Daylight saving time is fast approaching, which means it's nearly time to set your clocks an hour ahead on Sunday morning and prepare for longer days.

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